Open Session: June 2009

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LONGTIME SUBSCRIBER: Lee Barth, of Crafton, Pa., celebrated his 100th birthday April 13. He was born in Crafton in 1909 and has resided in the same neighborhood all his life. He married his childhood sweetheart, Hilda, in 1934, and together they raised five children. He worked different jobs as a laborer, until retiring in 1971 from Kane Hospital. Lee enjoys writing to his many pen pals, and he is noted for telling stories and reciting poetry, some of which he learned back in his school days. He says that laughing keeps him young. – Diane Cone, Smithville, Mo. (Editor’s note: Cone met Barth when he replied to a seed request she placed in Reader to Reader. They’ve been friends and pen pals ever since.)
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RECIPE SPINNER – I own this “Household Hi-Speed Cook Book,” which features knobs to turn through recipes. They were compiled by Ida Migliario and the Foods Department of Household, and the “cookbook” bears a 1958 copyright by Capper Publications Inc. – Louise Priest, Elkhart, Kan. (Editor’s note: Household was a sister publication of CAPPER’S WEEKLY. Recipes from its pages can be found in the Household Searchlight Recipe Book, available at www.Cappers.com/shopping/detail.aspx?itemnumber=19. For instructions about decorating a conventional recipe box, visit www.Cappers.com/Crafts/Crafts-Keep-all-of-your-recipes-together-in-style.aspx.

Uplifting tale – I’ve enjoyed Starting Over, the serialized fiction by Bob Brown that concluded in the May issue. With our current down times, we need a little humor. This story was amusing and uplifting.

Colleen Agee
Houston, Mo.

Thankful for ideas – Some time ago, I wrote in asking for ideas on how to display quilts at a quilt show (Reader to Reader, April). The show was a success, and I want to thank everyone who replied to my request.

I recently learned that the quilt show was going to become an annual affair, so I’m sure we’ll make good use of all the many ideas readers so generously shared.

Marjorie Dawson
Wichita, Kan.

Editor’s note: Many readers contacted us about the Rhubarb-Strawberry Salad recipe in the Reader Recipes column of the May issue (Page 29). The recipe should have noted that the rhubarb must be cooked.